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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Acting & direction were OK, storyline was terrible. Good action sequences, but many didn't make sense given the characters & story. Just poorly written
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
After the abortion that was Quantum of Solace, Skyfall is the only Bond to retain the same actor after a four year long gap, and is the representation of the 50th anniversary of MGM's flagship franchise. Does Skyfall deliver, or does Adele let it crumble? It has a LOT (and I mean a helluva lot) to make up for, and I feel that critics fawned over it a bit too much, probably just ecstatic that it wasn't Quantum of Soulless. I enjoyed some of Skyfall, but overall I felt deflated and occasionally a bit bored. There's more subtext here than usual, but the plot is full of holes and it weighs down the action too much.

After a list of undercover agents is stolen (it is never explained how as the movie jumps in after the story has already started) Bond goes off in pursuit of the culprit and is accidentally gunned down by his colleague during a scrap aboard a train moving over a massive viaduct. M believes him dead and is due to be hauled over the coals for analogue incompetence in a digital age. But Bond knows he lives twice and guesses he'll die another day. He's broken and beaten-down, though he insists he's good enough for another shot at catching the baddie.

And so enters Javier Bardem as Silva, a charismatic ex-agent (it's never made clear if he was a double-oh) who lives for revenge. He IS a great villain and is wonderful to watch, bringing an unusual amount of sadness and empathy to the role. He wants to get back at M for selling him out some years previous, and as Bond does everything in his power to protect her they come across as siblings fighting for mother's attention and approval. It gives the film an emotional heart that Bond doesn't usually have.

I feel that this is undone by such ludicrous development and bad scripting as Silva goes about executing a years-in-development plan that relies on way too much contrivance. Where on Earth does Silva get his endless supply of goons? Does he put an ad in the paper? Wanted: Henchman for revenge plot. Must be willing to dress the part (no uniform provided) and die for me. Meets national minimum wage. You can have a gun if you want.

And, for that matter, where does he get his supplies, equipment, helicopters? For a man living as a ghost he sure is connected. Yes, I know I am pedantically picking apart an action movie plot, but Skyfall promotes itself as more serious and a return to form. The aforementioned complaints feel like leftover elements from the Bronson era, and I do feel like it is high time to fire Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. With this fresh start they should have brought in stronger writers, or perhaps just employ a single writer for consistency.

Bérénice Marlohe and Naomi Harris pop in as the Bond girls but neither are really given anything to do, the former having about 10 lines of dialogue. And with the franchise adapting to modern sensibilities it feels a bit corny having Bond jump into bed (or in this case shower) with a girl he met five minutes earlier. He's a bit too detached from them for their presence to have any impact on the plot.

There are many attempts to give this entry a better continuity with previous movies, and while I really like this, it feels a little (just a little) fanboy-ish. Am I the only one who thinks that the Aston Martin (in all of it's lovely gray-ishness) is an ugly-as-sin automobile? Or that the Walther PPK is a wimpy-as-hell gun? I've seen potato guns that look more intimidating. Also, the film explores Bond's roots and history more so then ever before, but the big revelation about M's past that has been teased in the pre-release hype is thoroughly non-existent. Judi Dench does get a lot more to do this time around and really does become the emotional core of the Oedipal fracas between Bond and Silva.

Roger Deakin shoots the entire film in Redcode RAW and it looks L-O-V-E-L-Y. Every scene has its own unique aesthetic and atmospheric production design. Really, really good work there. All done digitally, obviously, and while it's gorgeous for this 50th anniversary adventure, I hope it doesn't become standard practice. 35mm may be the past, but I hope it sticks around for the future.

David Arnold is gone. In his place is Thomas Newman, who unfortunately scores the film with no decent melodies and rarely even uses the Bond theme or even the melody from the title song. How I miss John Barry. There is a fare amount of globe-trotting, including Turkey, China, Macau, and the Scottish highlands. However, too much of this cuts back to mundane London. Stuart Baird (having seemingly abandoned his career as a director) cuts it altogether expertly, but he can't add excitement to scenes that have been written so flatly.

I've always felt that Bond movies are defined by the second unit and stunt co-ordination. With the action reserved for short bursts in Skyfall it allows Sam Mendes a chance to put his own stamp on the film. This is both good and bad. Turning a Bond in a character study is a bold chance to take, but they should have turned up the action more. I like gritty, realistic stunts and choreography, but Bond isn't really the franchise for it. There is a sweet spot in-between invisible cars and fist-fighting and I am not sure that Skyfall has found it.

It's not the darkest or angriest Bond adventure (that honor goes to Licence to Kill), but it sure is most atmospheric and downbeat. Let's hope that next time around they deliver more spectacle and excitement.

The Blu-ray looks and sounds flawless in 2.40:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound and loads of extras.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
Awesome Bond movie - gives you a more personal insight into the characters. A must see over and over again.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I am a huge fan of Bond movies. I own them all. I am die hard Connery fan. I believe his are the best......Until I saw this. I fell in love with Bond movies all over again. Craig was great and Dench was amazing. I know I am a girl and it is a given that girls cry during movies, but I usually do not. I did at the end. The story lines a so personal (Something not seen since On Her Majesty's Secret Service) that you really felt as if you were there and knew the characters.

If you have no seen it and are wondering if you should rent first... NO! Just buy it. You will not be disappointed and make sure you get blu-ray. you have to watch it right.

PS: I rated based on the movie itself not the dvd obviously. I am sure it will be great.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Best 50 Year Anniversary film ever!
So many reference from the classic films.... This is a must recommend film to watch!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
this movie is unsurpassed as the the best bond film yet...daniel craig is great...superb cinematography...a must see in an imax theater...will buy on blue ray...adele's theme song is a hauntingly great masterpiece...the chemistry between actors and actresses is superb...bonds home is a fantastic picture of bonds boyhood past...can't wait for the next bond...if there were six stars this would be it....go watch it on imax it will blow you away
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
My dad and I are action, espionage, and sci-fi fans...as far as action & espionage is concerned, it has been a long standing tradition of ours to go and check out each new Bond movie when they come out, a tradition that has been in effect since the time I was a kid, back when Roger Moore was still doing Bond movies and Timothy Dalton soon took over on a couple of films. Since that time, we have only ever missed a couple of Bond movies in the theater.

We had gotten to see Casino Royale in the theater, which we both had agreed was pretty good...and we liked Daniel Craig as the new Bond. We missed Quantum of Solace in the theater however, and while we both agreed that it was good, we didn't like it as well as Casino Royale, and definitely not as well as past Bond movies before it. Upon seeing Skyfall however, both our faiths were renewed in Bond anew, and in Skyfall we both felt Daniel Craig put forth his best performance as Bond, even more so than Casino Royale we felt, which was pretty dang good itself.

Not only were the performances by Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, and the rest of the cast stirring and enjoyable to watch, but the action in this film also shined it's best out of all 3 of the new Bond films. On top of that, it was good to see Bond's humor and his filanderings with women return...what would Bond be without those things? Understandably, Casino Royale was the start of a whole new franchise of Bond films, and in his beginning these kinds of appetites did not quite exist...Casino Royale was more serious, as well it should have been, and Daniel Craig shined there, and now once the Bond most know and love has returned in Skyfall, Daniel Craig is no less brilliant.

This Bond film apparently is the highest grossing Bond film of all time according to an article I have read, and it doesn't surprise me because it is fantastic! It is my favorite Bond film since Goldeneye...I felt that was Brosnan's best Bond film, and I really enjoyed the agent pitted against agent concept in that one, which is also probably a little bit of why I liked Skyfall too because in fact Bond is pitted against a rogue agent in this as well...who also, as it were, is completely insane...Javier Bardem plays this maddened rogue agent brilliantly too!

If you're a Bond fan or any kind of action/espionage fan at all...you NEED to watch this Bond movie! It is simply awesome and quite enjoyable from start to finish...it's engaging enough that it won't even seem like the 143 minute length of the movie. A great film in the start of a new franchise of Bond films! Bravo!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
Format: DVD
I am a huge Bond fan, though I don't go in for movie-related books so much as the films themselves. I consider Daniel Craig to be the best of the Bonds, simply because he embodies the physicality of the role in a way that none of the others could match. Suave means nothing if you have to have a fight with the mark you're following, and Craig can do both. I felt that this film was perfectly paced, and the details from past movies not so much an homage to the past as a nod to it while establishing definitively that this franchise is going in a new direction, the past and the future equally recognized. I think this is the best subtlety in the movie, and for all his personal failings Sam Mendes was a fantastic choice for director. I've seen it twice in theater and will probably go to see it at least once more. Watching this film was like drinking a fine wine. The visuals were breathtaking and the plot tightly wound, although Berenice was walking around the premiers like the cat that got the cream when her role really wasn't big enough to justify her strutting. This is a film where the Bond girls, though needed for the plot (esp. Naomi Harris), weren't as much a part of the action as we've seen in the past (i.e. the train wreck of Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough). The weaknesses of these girls were recognized in the film and each girl's role played to the strengths of the characters, if that makes sense. But at the end of the day, the center of this film was James Bond, and Daniel owns every scene he's in. Even Javier Bardem, quite possibly the creepiest villian of them all, can equal but not outmatch Mr. Craig.

This movie is worth every single penny, several times over. I have never been so entertained by a Bond film.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The best Bond movie in the last 50 years. A model for all Bond movies to come. Two great spoilers alerts, but you'll have to see the movie to know them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Certainly an amazing movie that goes deeper into Bond. Can't wait till it comes out on DVD and BLU-Ray. Always a Bond fan!
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